Let's talk about the "clickiness" of the digital crown button
After taking a few showers with my Race, I noticed that the “click” of the middle button (the one on the digital crown) does not produce a clear, sharp “click” as before.
As if something soft is cushioning the button, giving a completely different tactile feedback from the the top and bottom buttons.
Has this happened to you as well? Is it normal for it to be like this?
I have to say that the feeling is not pleasant, because I can’t clearly tell whether I clicked the wheel or not, so to be sure I sometimes click it twice.
@General_Witt both button and the wheel are clicking in the same way for me.
Have been showering and kite boarding with the watch so far for some weeks now…
Can you check if there is probably some residue that can be cleaned by washing?
@Egika I don’t see any residue. I know it sounds stupid, but can you check that your middle button sounds exactly like the top or bottom ones? I can hear a very sharp “click” with the top or bottom button, but I can’t hear any click (even if it’s working when pushed) from the middle button on the digital crown.
@General_Witt actually the Race’s buttons for me don’t produce a sharp click.
S9PP does so - it is clicking very metallic. If I operate it in a quiet room, the click will be noticed by others.
Vertical has rather soft buttons for me than can hardly be heard at all.
Race’s button clicks are all soft and cannot be noticed by others, while the click is there.
Here’s crown and button of Race:click.mp4
@Egika I guess every unit is slightly different. The up and bottom buttons clicks are very loud in my unit, while the middle button is very soft, with an almost inaudible click.
@General_Witt have uploaded a recording above from very close distance.
@General_Witt I have the same issue and feelings on this. In the first days the haptic and audible response of the buttons felt very pleasant to me. Yet the crown button felt softer and more quiet than the others (which I liked for the “main” button), it still felt responsive. After swimming a few times in open (salt) water and pool water the clickiness was gone. Nearly impossible to hear any click without having your ear at the watch, the haptic feedback is significantly reduced. In most situations I couldn’t tell you if I did a click without looking at the watch. It all feels somehow muffled.
I tried several times to rinse it with clear or mild soap water, did some clicks under water, but nothing helped. I wish I could just get used to this, but somehow this behavior drives me crazy, because it felt so much better in the first days.
@trinitao I have exactly the same experience with my middle button, the top and bottom buttons are very clicky and loud when pressed.
I’m about to buy SR and I would like to belive there are even people whose swimming in the sea didn’t kill the clickiness
@vjakub I have been using it for kite surfing. Still very clicky - but this is no guarantee.
My crown just stopped being clicky as before over the weekend. It became softer, almost non clicky, it is now hard to figure out is it pressed or not. I never shower with watch, go into water or anything similar.
I had the same problem and I tried all kind of solutions (cleaning, different oils, spraying…)
The solution is specifically “WD40 white lithium grease” spray. Crown is clicking like a first day!
I put WD few days ago and crown is still perfectly clicky.
I hope this will work for you as well.
I’m not really sure that lithium is the best option for a watch crown button, lithium grease is usually used for heavy duty or high speed component.
I’m afraid it will act as a dust trap in long term
Maybe some gentle compressed air shot or just rinse it with luke warm water.
I would be careful with lubrication, cleaning solvents and liquids in general in combination with sealing materials.
we don’t know the material composition of the watch’s sealing and some content might damage seals